Concerts

(Concert Review) Montreal Jazz Festival (I)

Joy Frempong of Filewile performing at Montreal Jazz (photo by Seth Rogovoy)

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Saturday, June 25, 2011 Review by Seth Rogovoy (MONTREAL) – It didn’t take long to be reminded why I keep coming back to the Montreal International Jazz Festival. It’s the element of surprise and discovery, more than anything, that makes a festival appealing. Sure, there’s the opportunity to hear tons of…

Music Review: Adrienne Cooper performs Yiddish song at Book Center

ADRIENNE COOPER AND FRIENDS YIDDISH BOOK CENTER SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2011 Review and Photos by Seth Rogovoy (AMHERST, Mass.) – Vocalist Adrienne Cooper performed an eclectic cabaret of Yiddish and Yiddish-inspired songs on Sunday, drawing from the deep well of Old World and New World influences that keep the music alive and speak deeply to…

(Concert Review) Montreal International Jazz Festival 2010 – Zornfest

Laurie Anderson, John Zorn and Lou Reed

Review by Seth Rogovoy Photos by Denis Alix, Courtesy FIJM (Montreal, Quebec, July 2, 2010) – There was a moment early into Friday night’s concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival by Lou Reed, John Zorn, and Laurie Anderson, that felt perhaps like the legendary world premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Apparently a small…

(MUSIC REVIEW) Richard Thompson’s single-malt folk-rock triumphs at Mahaiwe

Richard Thompson

MAHAIWE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. RICHARD THOMPSON Sunday, October 25, 2008 Review by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) — If singer-songwriters were scotch whisky, Richard Thompson would be one of those rare, expensive single-malts, appreciated only by true connoisseurs. (John Mayer, on the other hand, would be Dewar’s.) In his solo performance at…

(From the Archives) Sex Mob Puts the Party Back in Jazz (at Club Helsinki, Feb 2002)

Sex Mob (L to R: Kenny Wollesen, Steven Bernstein, Tony Scherr and Briggan Krauss)

by Seth Rogovoy (GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass., February 24, 2002) –Avant-garde jazz is typically thought of to be difficult listening: cerebral, noisy, disquieting. And often it is. Mainstream jazz, on the other hand, is these days most often encountered as “America’s classical music,” with all the consequent starchiness that implies: dignity, formality, studiousness. Both, of course,…

Unfaithful Servant: The Legacy of The Band

by Seth Rogovoy (WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., August 1995) — The last few years have seen a flurry of activity surrounding The Band, the most since the group seemingly broke up for good in 1976. Two major books providing the first in-depth look at the legendary Canadian-American rock group were published in 1994. A long-promised retrospective, 3-CD…